Kim Zolciak really messed up during her recent appearance on the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion, and it may end up costing her big time. Is the reality star going to need some damage control to save her reputation and her show?
Her shocking meltdown on the RHOA reunion started when host Andy Cohen asked Zolciak about using roaches as a metaphor for racism. He was referring to the video Zolciak’s daughter Brielle Biermann took at NeNe Leakes’ house with roaches in the bathroom.
After Biermann posted the video, Zolciak and Leakes’ got into a social media war, with Leakes accusing Zolciak of being a racist. Cohen brought all of this up during the reunion, and it ended up with Zolciak leaving the stage and ending up in the bathroom.
During the last RHOA Reunion episode, I made a comment that confused and offended people. I sincerely apologize. Edited out of context, I understand why my remark angered people. Racism is a sad reality in the United States. It has been prevalent throughout our country's history. Let me be very clear, I do NOT support, tolerate or put up with any form of racism, hate or other discrimination. My love for ALL people runs deep – I am open to all and always have been. I was heartbroken when I watched the last few minutes of the episode and saw how my words were taken out of context. My comment that seemingly “racism didn’t exist 10 years ago” was made as part of a larger, emotional 45-minute conversation about how, sadly, social media has become a hub for hate. Immediately following my confusing comment, I also said that "it's not as real as it is now" referring to the power of social media. But those remarks didn’t make the show. I believe that social media has made a centuries-old issue more real. Before social media, the public simply observed the news. Now, the public actively participates and has an opportunity to take action – in real time. But this is a double edged sword. Now, when false accusations are made, they are amplified by online platforms regardless of their merit. This wasn’t the case 10 years ago when I started on RHOA. I truly pray that the people wishing horrible things on others, and on me, channel that energy into something positive. Our world would be a much better place if you do. I am committed to making this world a better place to live. I will continue to learn from, and be open to, ALL people.
Cameras followed her, as did Cohen, and she started screaming about how the roaches and racism accusation was a reach and then called it “bullsh*t” in this day and age.
“Every one of those mother f**kers on that couch owe this world a f**king apology for this racism sh*t! They already tried to claim that sh*t long ago, Sheree, as you know. Nobody bought into it then because the social media wasn’t there and racism wasn’t all that real. You know it,” said Zolciak.
Her comments resulted in immediate outrage from fans – who started a Change.org petition asking Bravo to cancel Don’t Be Tardy –, and Leakes immediately took to social media to rip her costar.
According to Radar Online, Bravo executives are in a panic over Zolciak’s tirade, and they came up with an “emergency plan” to save her reputation and the show that insiders say is a “mainstay for the network.”
Sources say that they are doing a lot of damage control, and the storylines are changing on Don’t Be Tardy to try to humanize Zolciak after the scandal.
But, other sources are claiming that Zolciak has stopped filming her show while her lawyers deal with the final episode of the RHOA reunion. She has apparently stepped away from the cameras because she is upset about the entire situation.
I never stopped believing! I never will❤️ I am so thankful for so many things I feel gratitude deep in bones, my core, my soul. I feel it everyday even when the day was far from perfect, or hard, or trying etc .. I always find a lesson in those days! I do believe everything happens for a reason ❤️ #AskBelieveReceive
Zolciak will not be returning to Real Housewives of Atlanta next season, even though she offered to take a pay cut on Don’t Be Tardy, so she could be a peach, because none of the other women will film with her.
Sources claim that the network is not ready to give up on Zolciak just yet, and there will be an effort to make her look better.
Bravo confirmed earlier this month that Kim Zolciak’s Don’t Be Tardy would be returning for season 7 later this year.